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‘Mysore Chalo' anniversary, a low-key affair

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Not many are aware of the agitation which continued after the country got Independence

Remembering the struggle: Members of the Mysore District Freedom Fighters' Association during the ‘Mysore Chalo' anniversary celebrations in Mysore on Sunday.
Remembering the struggle: Members of the Mysore District Freedom Fighters' Association during the ‘Mysore Chalo' anniversary celebrations in Mysore on Sunday.

The 63rd anniversary of ‘Mysore Chalo' agitation, which forced the Maharaja to relinquish powers and resulted in the formation of a government, was observed in the city on Sunday.

Members of the Mysore District Freedom Fighters' Association hoisted the national flag at the Freedom Fighters Memorial Park at Subbarayanakere to mark the occasion and recalled the struggle that took place in Mysore region after the country got Independence.

The freedom fighters, who are also known as ‘Tyagis', garlanded the bust of Mahatma Gandhi before hoisting the national flag.

Freedom fighters, including Venkatachallaiah, Y.C. Revanna and M.N. Jaisimha, were present on the occasion.

Not many are aware of the Mysore Chalo agitation which continued in the region for more than two months after the country got Independence. It was aimed at seeking an end to the monarchy and establishing a responsible government.

The low-key celebrations on Sunday, held to mark the anniversary of the culmination of the agitation, reflected the lack of awareness among the public about the event's significance.

In fact, the last phase of the freedom struggle in Karnataka refers to the Mysore Chalo agitation. The Indian National Congress took the lead in organising the agitation. Heeding to the Congress call, people from all walks of life, including students, volunteered to congregate in Mysore and started taking out jathas in support of an elected government.

Processions and strikes

The Mysore Gazetteer notes that processions and strikes had became the order of the day not only in Mysore city but also in rural areas and other suburban centres.

However, the authorities tried their best to prevent the congregation of people. Ramaswamy, a high school student, was killed in police firing during a procession. Another youngster, Chandrashekar, sneaked into the palace and hoisted the National Flag.

Demand accepted

Finally, the Maharaja relented and accepted the demand of freedom fighters on October 24, 1947 and a government headed by K.C. Reddy was constituted on October 27, 1947, bringing an end to the rule of Maharajas in Mysore.

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